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A Strategy for Dealing with Animal Phobias

For those with a fear of animals or insects, the following six steps can help. If, for example, a person is afraid of snakes, the steps would include: 1) Read books about snakes. Books with pictures are best. 2) Obtain a toy snake. 3) Leave snake skins around the house. 4) With a companion, visit a pet store and watch the snakes from a distance, gradually moving closer. 5) Watch someone handle a snake. 6) Go to a nature center to learn how to handle snakes. These steps should be taken at a comfortable pace.

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